the lifeboat Google Stadia exclusive Wavetale is coming to PC and consoles later this month.Confirmation came by way of indie collective, Wholesome Games, which confirmed that the 3D platformer was heading to Steam(opens in new tab) on December 12, 2022.

“Previously a Google Stadia exclusive, Wavetale is coming to PC and consoles [in December],” Wholesome Games tweeted. “I’m a sucker for lighter action-adventure games like this with puzzles and exploration, plus the colorful, cel-shaded visuals are *chef’s kiss*.”

The move to save Wavetale and port it to other platforms follows similar pledges from other developers like Ubisoft – which has confirmed that it is “working” to help Stadia players(opens in new tab) “bring the games you own on Stadia to PC through Ubisoft Connect” – and Bethesda and ZeniMax Online, which have also arranged for The Elder Scrolls Online Stadia players to transfer their progress to PC.

Yes, Google Stadia is officially shutting down(opens in new tab), with refunds now being offered to all customers who bought Stadia equipment and games through the Google store.

the lifeboat Google Stadia

The company announced Stadia’s closure at the beginning of November, confirming that the service will stay live until January 18, 2023, for players to “complete final play sessions”, with refunds for purchases of hardware and software alike expected to go out mid-January.

“A few years ago, we also launched a consumer gaming service, Stadia,”  Stadia VP and GM Phil Harrison wrote at the time.

“And while Stadia’s approach to streaming games for consumers was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn’t gained the traction with users that we expected so we’ve made the difficult decision to begin winding down our Stadia streaming service.”

Rumors circulated back in July that Google was planning to shutter its foray into video game streaming, but the company assured(opens in new tab) no such plans were in place, promising “more great games” to come.

Google Stadia is shutting down – here’s everything you need to know about it

With Stadia shutting down in 2023, here’s what you need to know about Google Stadia refunds, game access, and more

Stadia has been sent to the Google Graveyard. That’s right, the ambitious cloud gaming service is joining the likes of Google+, Google Daydream, Google Cardboard, and countless other Google projects after just three years of service. The company has confirmed that Stadia is being shut down in early 2023, which means you only have a few months left to access the platform and your games before they are gone for good. We do know that there will be Stadia refunds for certain elements of the service, which we have detailed below. 

The Google Stadia release date was November 19, 2019, and so such a swift closure will come to many as a surprise.

Although, given how frequently the Google Stadia games library changed, and the stiff competition from Xbox Cloud Gaming, PlayStation Now, GeForce Now, and Amazon Luna, maybe Stadia shutting down was a question of when rather than if.

Keep scrolling to find more information on when Stadia is shutting down, how to get a Stadia refund, comments from vice president and general manager of Stadia Phil Harrison, and our thoughts on why Stadia is shutting down. 

When is Stadia shutting down? 

Google Stadia is shutting down on January 18, 2023. Google announced the news on September 29, confirming that the Stadia servers will be switched off, closing off access to the cloud gaming service and the Stadia library of games. If you’re a Google Stadia user, you’ll have until Wednesday, January 18 to play any games in your library, although they will not be accessible after this date. 

Additionally, Google has warned(opens in new tab) that while “the majority of games should continue to work normally” until January 18, any games “requiring commerce”, or that otherwise have microtransactions built into their framework, may experience “some gameplay issues”. That’s because the Stadia store, and in-game transactions, have already been disabled. 

With Google Stadia shutting down, you’ll have until January 18 to play games on the service. Once that endpoint is met, the servers will be turned off and you’ll lose access to the games library and any game progress that you may have on them.

Google has confirmed that while it “may be possible for some games that support cross-progression play on other platforms” for you to retain your progress – Destiny 2, for example – for the vast majority of titles “that won’t be possible”. 

How to get a Google Stadia refund?

If you’ve used the cloud streaming service over the last three years, you may be wondering whether you’re entitled to a Stadia refund for any of your purchases.

Google has said that it “will be offering refunds for all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store”, which covers Stadia Controller, Founders Edition, Premiere Edition, and Play and Watch with Google TV packages. Additionally, Google has confirmed that you won’t have to return any hardware to the company, and that more details on how to request a Google Stadia refund will arrive in the “coming weeks”.

Google will also be issuing Stadia refunds for any software transactions – including games and DLC – made through the Stadia store. The company says that it is “working through this process now” and intends on having “the majority of refunds processed back to the original payment by January 18, 2023”. 

Google has issued emails to customers with more information. In the email, the company says: “We expect to be able to automatically issue refunds for a substantial portion of transactions as a credit to the form of payment used to make the purchase. For purchases that we are not able to automatically refund, you will receive an email on how to obtain your refund.”

Can I refund Google Stadia Pro subscription?

While Google may be offering refunds on Stadia hardware purchased through the Google Store and for all purchased software bought via the Stadia store, the company will not be refunding Stadia Pro subscriptions. Stadia Pro was a premium subscription service that entitled players to game discounts and access to a library of titles.

Google has not said why Stadia Pro subscribers will not be eligible for a refund, although it did add that “players who held an active Stadia Pro subscription as of September 29, 2022 will not be charged for access to their Pro library or other subscription entitlements during the shut-down period.”

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